About the City

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Żywiec is a city located in southern Poland, in Żywiec Valley on joining the center of the city rivers, the Sola and Koszarawa. Due to its unique location at the foot of the mountain peaks, and also on the banks of a vast lake, around Żywiec are the ideal place for hiking and taking rest. Founding of the city, the origin of its name and circumstances of obtaining the coat of arms for Żywiec are intermingled in legends and tradition. The most common legend given by the chronicler Andrew Komoniecki says that it was donated to the city in gratitude for the extraordinary gift, which was alive bison caught by the townspeople in Międzybrodzie near Żywiec. Bison head threaded in through the nostrils spike, to which Prince added his Piast eagle emblem, have now become the emblem of the City of Żywiec.

The city center is full of interesting sights:
Old Castle - dating from the fifteenth century monument is completely renovated, impresses internal cloisters modeled on those of the Cracow's Wawel Castle.
New Castle with the adjacent Miniature Park - the neoclassical style palace built by the Habsburg at the site of the former outbuildings of Wielopolski's castle.
Habsburg Park with the Little Chinese House - 26 acre park, which dates back to the seventeenth century. Originally founded in the Italian style. During the first half of the nineteenth century park was rearranged from geometrical to English style landscape park.
Cathedral Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary - built in the fifteenth century. In 1711, after being severely damaged by fire, church was renovated in baroque style by the then owners Żywiec, Wielopolski family.
Church of the Three Crosses - was built at the end of the fourteenth century in the Gothic style and is located in the oldest district of Żywiec - Rudza. Rebuilt in the Baroque style in the eighteenth century.

Żywiec is the cultural center so that in the winter or in the summer is not easy to get bored here. Welcome to the Beskid Culture Week - the oldest and the largest folklore festival in Europe, which takes part every year an average of 80 teams, including 20 foreign bands, soloists and folk artists, of which we are a part of as an accompanying event.